MaxPreps Top 25 national high school girls basketball rankings: La Jolla Country Day rises to top

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For the most part, the elite teams have room to schedule the opponents they want.

Some choose to play a good but not great list of opponents, and a talented, well-coached team can win most or all of its games. Others choose to seek out the best, no matter where they are, and for those teams, going unbeaten is a challenge. (There are some schools that are limited in travel opportunities or available games, but even those can find worthy opposition if they work at it.)

In general, we reward strength of schedule, so that a team that is constantly tested and absorbs a loss or two will be ranked higher than an unbeaten team that doesn't do as much — which is why La Jolla Country Day remains atop the Xcellent 25 despite a loss to Long Beach Poly. ...

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